Here’s an afterthought about those Distinguished Professors, those incendiary educators, at Notre Dame who signed the letter calling for Bishop Jenky’s resignation from the University’s Board of Trustees. The signatures are still coming in from faculty who wish to sign the letter. At last count there were over a hundred and forty, but the number on the Notre Dame faculty who sympathize could very well be the majority of professors. At least, the incendiary educators because of their proven willingness to intimidate constitute probably an effective majority at Notre Dame.
Now consider: these professors are so upset by the tenuous connection between what a bishop, who is a Trustee, says somewhere in some homily criticizing Obama, and their university, that — citing, what they say, is his erroneous grasp of history and poor judgment — they demand that he resign from the Board of Trustees on that basis!
But the bishop spoke the truth, as I observed in my previous post. His history is not erroneous, and his judgment is not poor.
Two lessons, then, to draw from this:
First, what do you suppose the attitude of these professors would be towards a job candidate, a Catholic professor interviewing for a job at Notre Dame, who thinks in the same way as does the bishop? Surely, if the bishop’s connection with the university is intolerable, it would be absolutely intolerable that anyone who viewed history and Obama in the way that the bishop does should be so closely associated with Notre Dame as to be a professor there!
That sort of professor, and that sort of Catholic, could not possibly be a good representative, no doubt, of the sort of “civility” that is cultivated at Notre Dame.
Second–I address this point to Catholic parents– how do you think these educators, intent on intimidating Trustees, will deal with mere students, such as entering freshmen, who perhaps were instructed by their parents in the same (true) history and the same (sound) assessment of Obama’s policies that Bishop Jenky holds?
Yes, no doubt, it’s good for students to have to defend their views against attack. But perhaps they should plan on doing so mainly after they have received a sound college education (which is supposed to equip them in that way, after all)? Moreover, those attacks should not be coming from the very professors who (at great expense!) are supposed to be educating them — so-called educators who, it is plain, will be perversely attacking the truths that these students have been taught as “ignorance of history” and “absence of judgment”.